Lea Michele Apologizes After Samantha Marie Ware Says She Made Her Time on 'Glee' a 'Living Hell'

Actress Lea Michele issued a public apology on Wednesday after her Glee co-star Samantha Marie Ware accused Michele of making her time on the show a "living hell."

In a statement given to People and also posted on Instagram,Michele explained that she's trying to better herself and recognize how her past behavior hurt those around her.

"One of the most important lessons of the last few weeks is that we need to take the time to listen and learn about other people's perspectives and any role we have played or anything we can do to help address the injustices that they face," Michele said in her statement. "When I tweeted the other day, it was meant to be a show of support for our friends and neighbors and communities of color during this really difficult time, but the responses I received to what I posted have made me also focus specifically on how my own behavior towards fellow cast members was perceived by them."

The Glee star's statement came a couple of days after Ware brought up her experiences with Michele on Twitter. In response to Michele tweeting out a message in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following the death of George Floyd, Ware quote-tweeted Michele on Monday to speak about her time playing Jane Hayward in Glee's sixth season. In her tweet, Ware said that Michele's behavior on set made her think twice about pursuing a career in Hollywood.

"LMAO REMEMBER WHEN YOU MADE MY FIRST TELEVISON GIG A LIVING HELL?!?! CAUSE ILL NEVER FORGET. I BELIEVE YOU TOLD EVERYONE THAT IF TOU [sic] HAD THE OPPORTUNITY YOU WOULD 'S**T IN MY WIG!' AMONGST OTHER TRAUMATIC MICROAGRESSIONS [sic] THAT MADE ME QUESTION A CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD," she wrote.

Ware's tweet received support from other actors who appeared on Glee, including Alex Newell and Dabier.

Michele said in her apology that she doesn't remember making those specific remarks to Ware, but added that she's going to use this experience to become a better person moving forward.

especially since she's also going to become a first-time mother in a few months.

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Actress and singer Lea Michele visits the Build Series to discuss the album “Christmas in the City” and the ABC/Freeform film “Same Time, Next Christmas” at Build Studio on December 05, 2019 in New York City. Getty/Gary Gershoff

"While I don't remember ever making this specific statement and I have never judged others by their background or color of their skin, that's not really the point, what matters is that I clearly acted in ways which hurt other people," Michele continued. "Whether it was my privileged position and perspective that caused me to be perceived as insensitive or inappropriate at times or whether it was just my immaturity and me just being unnecessarily difficult, I apologize for my behavior and for any pain which I have caused. We all can grow and change and I have definitely used these past several months to reflect on my own shortcomings."

Michele also added that she's also re-evaluating her behavior because she's set to become a first-time mother in the near future. "I am a couple of months from becoming a mother and I know I need to keep working to better myself and take responsibility for my actions, so that I can be a real role model for my child and so I can pass along my lessons and mistakes, so that they can learn from me," she said. "I listened to these criticisms and I am learning and while I am very sorry, I will be better in the future from this experience."

Michele's publicist did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication. Ware's agent did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.